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Hi, I am a grateful believer in Jesus Christ who struggles with issues of hurts, habits and hang-ups. I pastor a local congregation and for years people have asked, “Well, you are our pastor, who is yours.” I thought about that and my answer was nobody. I knew I needed someone I had confidence in and could trust with my struggles. I didn’t know a single pastor I felt that confident in or comfortable with. After leading a group through the Purpose Driven Life we were to come up with a mission plan. What happened was a mission/ministry fair was held in the church fellowship hall with booths of 12 or more possible ministries/missions. One of those booths was Celebrate Recovery. I thought how cool it would be it someone stepped up to the plate and chose to lead CR. I had someone in mind and that person who wanted to be involved in a ministry who was seminary trained kept returning to the CR booth and finally told me he felt called by God to start CR. I was elated for what this could mean for our community and also for me personally. I needed a support group where I could feel safe and share my hurts, habits and hang-ups knowing that I would not be judged and could get the help I needed. We are getting ready to start our sixth year! Having just finished a 52 week 12 step study we are going to begin again July 12. Now is the time to step out of denial and do something constructive for yourself. Come get a step study guide and begin the journey, the road to recovery. FOR A SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS AND INFORMATION: Howard Simpson 252-793-2907 home or 252-505-2278 mobile - email - website The Chowanoke Indians By Duvonya Chavis The Chowanoke Indians were generally recorded as being friendly to the English settlers. This was in spite of their first encounter being a surprise attack by an expeditioner named Ralph Lane. Noted as the first contact that the English had with the Chowanoke, Lane recorded in 1585 that “the Chowanocs durst not for the most part of them abide us, and that those that did abide us were killed.” It was during this attack that Lane captured Chief Menatonon from one of the Chowanoke villages for interrogation. His motivation; he was looking for copper mines and other riches that had been discovered by the Spanish during an earlier expedition. After Chief Menatonon gave Lane the information he was looking for, Lane took his son, Skiko as hostage to ensure success with his mission. Though he did not succeed in getting to the copper mines, he did not release Skiko and used him for later excursions and information. Later expeditions followed and were met by Chowanokes who continued to be friendly to these English explorers. In 1609, it is recorded that soldiers from Jamestown visited the Chowanoke with gifts. Likewise in 1624, another explorer from Jamestown visited the “Chowanocs and found the country to be very fruitful and pleasant.” In 1643, the English decided to settle in Chowanoke territory due to the fertility of the land. However they stated that they were not able to do so due to the presence of the Indians. As a result, a military expedition was led by General Bennett and Colonel Drew as they traveled from Jamestown into the Albemarle region and down the Chowan River. Their mission was to establish a presence and foothold in the area for the purpose of settling along the Chowan River “on this fertile land”. Colonel Drew, who led by water, was met with resistance by the Indians and a battle ensued. It is not certain whether the battle was with the Chowanokes but there is the presumption that the battle may have occurred with Indians from another tribe since the Chowanokes had always welcomed the English. Nonetheless, English settlement along the Chowan River eventually occurred and took hold during the early 1660’s. In 1663, the Chowans entered into treaty with the English and “submitted themselves to the Crown of England under the Dominion of the Lords Proprietors.” This treaty lasted until 1675. ………. to be continued. Email or visit for more information Duvonya, a Chowanoke Indian descendant, is President of Roanoke- Chowan Native American Association, a non-profit organization whose mission is to help American Indians in Northeastern NC and Southeastern VA. She currently sits on the council of the Chowanoke Tribe. In partnership with another Chowanoke descendant, she is currently developing Chowanoke Reservation for tribal descendants to gather and hold cultural events. The Albemarle Tradewinds reaches 60k readers each month in printed and social media ...... call Ken and learn how. 252-333-7232 16 Albemarle Tradewinds July 2016

Update Estate Plans as Life Situations Change By: Stella Knight You may not be able to take your property with you when you go, but having an estate plan will make sure it goes where you want it to go after your death. Whether you are single, married, with or without children, or contemplating a second marriage, everyone should have an estate plan. While the issues confronting each person vary due to their unique situation, it is important that you realize that as your life changes, your estate plan needs to change too. What type of life changes am I talking about? 1. Change in marital status. If your change in marital status is due to a new marriage, and if you intend to include your new spouse in your estate plan, you need to take proactive steps to do so. Your new spouse is not automatically entitled to all of your estate or any specific assets upon your death unless you specifically include such a provision in your will. If your change in marital status is due to a divorce, North Carolina law will revoke all of your will provisions in favor of your ex-spouse. It’s important to update your will to designate who will inherit the assets that were previously designated for your spouse. Don’t forget about also updating your beneficiary designations on life insurance and retirement accounts. Few things would be as upsetting to your spouse as finding out that your ex-spouse is the beneficiary of your life insurance policy. 2. Relocation from another state. If you relocated to North Carolina and your estate planning documents are from another state, you should have a lawyer review your will to be certain that it is valid in North Carolina. Every state has its own laws regarding the legal execution of a will and a will that is valid in one state is not necessarily valid in another state. 3. Birth/adoption of child/grandchild. The birth or adoption of a child or grandchild is an important reason to update your existing will and other estate planning documents. You will likely want to be sure your new child or grandchild is included in your distribution plan. In my next article, I will discuss special considerations when you have children or are a new parent. 4. Change Beneficiary. The beneficiaries listed in your will at your death will inherit your estate. If you have decided to change a beneficiary by either adding or removing a particular person or charity, it is important to revise your estate plan in order to add or remove the beneficiary; otherwise, the beneficiaries as stated in your will inherit your estate. 5. Periodically. Other life changes that may require you to evaluate your estate plan include things such as the value of your assets has significantly increased or decreased, the family business or farm has been sold, or there have been changes in the tax laws since your last will was written. Even if none of these circumstances apply in your situation, you should review your plan every five years to be certain that it will produce the results that you desire. Many people feel that estate planning is only for the wealthy and is done only to save estate taxes. This is not true. The process has other objectives: 1. To make sure your assets are distributed according to your wishes. 2. To decide how and when beneficiaries will receive their inheritance. 3. To select the person(s) who will manage your estate (executors, trustees, etc.). 4. To select a guardian for your minor children. 5. To provide for the orderly continuation or sale of a family business. For suggestions on how to get started with creating an estate plan visit my website Stella Knight is an attorney licensed in North Carolina and Florida, with a major area of her law practice emphasizing estate planning, probate, trusts, wealth preservation and elder law. The information contained in this article is of a general nature and does not constitute legal advice. If you have questions, consult with a qualified attorney. All of our clients get their own QR code for free when purchasing an ad. Albemarle Tradewinds July 2016 17